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10.08.23 – Fire and Rescue Service taster sessions, illegally dumped waste campaign in Stoke o Trent

Written by on 9 August 2023

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are offering those who have always wanted to become a firefighter a unique opportunity.

The service is offering another batch of on-call firefighter taster sessions for communities to find out more about what it’s like to be an on-call firefighter in the county.

These sessions will give people the chance to speak to crew members, have a look around the fire station and appliances, and even have a go at some potential job-related activities.

On-call firefighters are invaluable to the fire service as they provide a vital response service to their local community by attending emergency incidents.

Many on-call firefighters already have jobs, whether they’re in full-time or part-time work, or self-employed, and therefore fit in their ‘on-call’ hours around their day-to-day lives. Our on-call firefighters provide approximately 50 hours each week ‘on-call’ cover to their local fire station.

Upcoming taster sessions will be taking place at the following locations:

  • Leek Community Fire Station on 17 August 2023 at 12pm
  • Longton Community Fire Station on 24 August at 11am
  • Rugeley Community Fire Station on 30 August at 5pm
  • Newcastle Community Fire Station on 4 September at 5pm
  • Burton-on-Trent Community Fire Station on 6 September at 6pm
  • Wombourne Community Fire Station on 7 September at 6pm

To register your interest in attending a taster session and for more information on becoming an on-call firefighter, further details are available on our website:


A crackdown on illegal dumping across Stoke-on-Trent has seen a 100-day target to clear 1,000 cases smashed in less than half the time. And now councillors are urging communities: ‘work with us to keep your alleyways clean.’

In June, Stoke-on-Trent City Council pledged to tackle the scourge of illegally dumped waste. Supported by investment through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, this pledge was backed with extra CCTV cameras that can be deployed in hotspot areas, additional clean-up crews, new enforcement officers, and two new clean-up tipper vans.

The number of incidents cleared equates to 689 skips full of rubbish, removed from back alleys, street fronts and community spaces right across the city.